Pages, Posts and Other Content
WordPress is a CMS, or Content Mangement System and, as such, the most important thing in the back end is content.
Out of the box, WordPress comes ready to display 3 basic content types:
- Posts (these are typically chronologically ordered content pieces, like blog posts, news stories, or announcements)
- Pages (these are what some refer to as “static” or “evergreen” content, information that typically stays put)
- Links (these can be used a number of different ways but, for the most part, consist of a URL to somewhere and text to link)
It also has two other types of content that function a little differently:
On top of all that, a developer can create custom content that can do a number of different tasks. We’ve built sites that have testimonials, portfolio items, products… you name it and a custom piece of content can be created. There are even plugins to help you create your own but most of that is beyond the scope of this guide.
We’ll take a look at each of these content types on their own and show you how to create, alter, and manage them properly. Some of the content types here are custom but those are indicated clearly. The other types, Media and Comments, have their own sections.